HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal


From the Desk of Arnee Winshall, RAVSAK Chair

by Arnee Winshall Issue: iSchool
The energy, stimulation and excitement are still palpable from the first North American Jewish Day School Leadership Conference. I doubt I will forget the experience, especially being installed during the momentous transition ceremony as the Chair of the first RAVSAK Board of Directors.

I know I reflect the sentiments of the new board members when I say that I am both privileged and humbled by this opportunity. Privileged because of the leadership with whom I get to work—

New Board members: Paul Levitch, President of Levitch Associates in Louisville, Kentucky; Lesley Zafran, President of Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton, Florida; Bruce Powell, founding Head of School of New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, California, and continuing her irreplaceable work on the Board, Barbara Davis, Head of School of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School in Central New York.

Past Executive Committee members, who with grace and wisdom have mentored us, and who have pledged to continue their active participation on committees that will further the success of RAVSAK and help to create its future.

And, the professional team headed by Marc Kramer who, in quiet, passionately and rigorously often achieve the impossible.

Humbled, because not only does our work build on that of the leadership who preceded us and transformed RAVSAK into one of the preeminent day school organizations over the last 24 years, but even more because of the opportunities and challenges that lie before us and the new realities that will shape the future of Jewish education. Whether it is playing the key role in the recent conference, producing each issue of HaYidion or running high-impact programs like SuLaM, schools across the country look to RAVSAK for leadership, support, guidance, and vision.

In the words of Susan Weintrob, past chair of the Executive Committee, “Genuine leadership provides a vision that gives us meaning and purpose. This vision inspires us to have the courage to support change when needed, to find purpose in our lives and to teach those around us to be leaders themselves. This is the vision of RAVSAK.”

RAVSAK is an organization that was created of, by and for its constituent schools. On behalf of the new Board, we are proud to join the ranks of those ensuring that the future of day school education remains vibrant and strong.

B’khavod,

Arnee Winshall

Arnee Winshall is the Chair of RAVSAK’s Board of Directors, and Founding Chair of JCDS, Boston's Jewish Community Day School. Arnee can be reached at arnee@ravsak.org.

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